Brussels investigates Spanish aid to coal plants

The EU has opened an investigation to determine whether Spain’s environmental incentive for coal-fired power plants is in line with state aid rules.
By Staff reporter 27 November 2017 0 28575

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to determine whether Spain’s environmental incentive for coal-fired power plants is in line with EU state aid rules, it said on Monday.

Spain introduced an environmental incentive scheme in 2007 to support retrofitting of new sulphur oxide filters at existing coal power plants.

However, Margrethe Vestager, commissioner in charge of competition policy, said Spain was already under an obligation to reduce sulphur dioxide under EU environmental law and that the Spanish support scheme gave the coal plants an “unfair...

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